Religious Festive Practices in Boston's North End: Ephemeral Identities in an Italian American Community

Religious Festive Practices in Boston's North End: Ephemeral Identities in an Italian American Community

by Augusto Ferraiuolo
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1438428103

ISBN-13: 9781438428109

Pub. Date: 07/09/2009

Publisher: State University of New York Press

In this lively and accessible book, Augusto Ferraiuolo examines the many religious festivals in the Italian American community of Boston’s North End. Using interviews, participant observation, and visual data, Ferraiuolo creates a vivid picture of how, over the course of a summer season, a number of religious festive practices are organized by multiple,

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In this lively and accessible book, Augusto Ferraiuolo examines the many religious festivals in the Italian American community of Boston’s North End. Using interviews, participant observation, and visual data, Ferraiuolo creates a vivid picture of how, over the course of a summer season, a number of religious festive practices are organized by multiple, overlapping, and, to some extent, competing voluntary organizations. The central argument that emerges is that the community uses these festivals, in part, to help maintain and establish a variety of identities, and that these identities are multistranded, complex, shifting, and negotiated—and thus ephemeral. In addition, Ferraiuolo shows in detail how individuals negotiate and construct identities as Italian Americans, Scaccianesi, Neapolitans, Catholics, and others, within the context of these celebrations. He also introduces a creative and original metaphor for understanding the ways in which selfhood is constructed, arguing that contemporary identities function as hypertext, in the manner of web-based technologies, linking to one another and building upon each other as constantly evolving “technologies of the self.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781438428109
Publisher:
State University of New York Press
Publication date:
07/09/2009
Series:
SUNY series in Italian/American Culture Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
307
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments

Introduction

1. The North End

2. Diasporas, Ethnic Enclaves, and Transnational Perspectives

3. The Societies of Saints

4. The Festive Practices

5. Ephemeral Identities

Notes
Bibliography
Index

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